Good event in Fairfax, Va., tomorrow, a national town hall discussion of math and science education, featuring Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, pro-golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions.
Worthy corporate citizen ExxonMobil is a big mover behind this training effort, organized via the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The event coincides with the Math Solutions week of workshops, which helps 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers gain new techniques for effective teaching of math and science. (A news release with background here.)Seems like all advanced industrial countries are struggling with technical education and the shortage of students gaining the skills needed for the high-tech manufacturing sector. . . . .Makes one wonder whether wealthy societies inherently fall prey to lower educational standards and sloth. Well, not if manufacturers can help it.
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Monday, July 23, 2007
Big Oil, Big Golf, Big Maggie, and No Sloth
This popped up in my email alerts from the National Association of Manufacturers blog. Wonder what is left out of the science "training" and books written by Exxon-Mobil: